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Samambaia is a traditional wooden phinisi sailing some of the best regions of Indonesia. The 18 experienced, professional and friendly crew members on board are always ready to create an unforgettable journey. The liveaboard has 6 decorated cabins on the lower deck and one Master cabin on the main deck with gorgeous 180° sea views. Each cabin has a private en-suite bathroom, individually controlled AC unit, under bed storage and wardrobes. Guests can tan or take a nap on the sun deck or on the padded lounge chairs on the covered sun deck. If you prefer the shade, enjoy a drink at the bar, or the chef prepared delicacies as well as buffet style options available at the main saloon. When the reception is available, guests can also use free Wi-Fi.

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Samambaia Liveaboard

The Overall Review

We spent 7.3 hours reading reviews from experts and divers about Samambaia Liveaboard.
In summary, this is what divers think:

The Samambaia liveaboard, Indonesia
Samambaia Liveaboard
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3 reasons to dive

  • Several divers reported that the boat is in pristine condition and considered world class.
  • Some people noted that the crew is incredibly friendly and they are not afraid to engage in conversation.
  • Several people commended the knowledge of the cruise director and the diving instructor on providing the best diving locations.

3 reasons NOT to dive

  • Some divers said they would have wanted a more secluded space to dive away from other vessels.
  • A couple of people noted that on some locations the marine life was scarce.
  • Some people said they would of wanted more time on the island to explore alone instead of the allocated time.

Key facts

Year (re)built: 2015
Max divers 14
Internet Yes (free)
Nitrox Yes (free)
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes


The avarage price for diving with this liveaboard is
per day.

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The passion behind this guide is run by passionate scuba geeks - and our liveaboard guides are no exception.

    Boby Taylor

    Liveaboard Director

    Boby has been diving and guiding on liveaboards since 2005, and love it

    Ron Simon

    Dive instructor/Liveaboard director

    Ron has been a Cruise Director on 10+ Liveaboards throughout the world and has a keen understanding...

    Torben Lonne

    PADI Instructor

    Torben is the Editor of Divein and a true water lover. 


  • Traditional phinisi combining timeless design and rich wooden amenities
  • 6 tastefully decorated cabins (4 double and 2 twin cabins), and one beautiful master cabin
  • Bar and shaded sun deck with comfortable loungers available at your convenience
  • Soothing massage or spa treatments on board
  • Superb continental heritage with excellent food, Italian coffee, and wine
  • The advantage to enjoy the world’s most bio-diverse marine environments with unlimited buddy diving
  • Deepwater trenches and submerged volcanoes, vertical walls, and wrecks
  • 1:4 guide-to-diver ratio

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Description and details

Diving on the Samambaia in Indonesia

Samambaia Liveaboard

The magnificent Samambaia is a traditional Indonesian wooden liveaboard, built-in 2015. 42m (137.8 feet) long and 9m (29.5 feet) wide, this exclusive sailing vessel is set to explore remote dive locations. It is transporting dive safari adventurers to spectacular sites such as Raja Ampat, Komodo (Ambon, Serangan, Labuan Bajo, Banda Islands), Alor and Banda sea, arguably some of the world’s best diving spots with great marine biodiversity. Divers can not only enjoy spectacular day and night diving but also a range of activities during the surface intervals. Scenic rides through lagoons and caves, whale watching, visits to secluded beaches and trekking are just a few of them. The land excursions, exploring the exotic islands and unique wildlife will definitely complete the dive safari vacation. And in case someone prefers more activity, they can always try their hand at fishing.

Climb aboard and be welcomed by luxury and comfort, where the focus is on the finer details and the needs of the guests. It carries 18 experienced crew members who speak English, German, French, Indonesian and Italian. Although the Samambaia liveaboard is new, the crew and dive guides have years of experience in the area.

Samambaia Features and Interior

Samambaia offers 4 double and 2 twin cabins on the lower deck, and 1 master cabin on the main deck, for a total of 14 guests. Attention to detail expressed in the crafting process is reflected throughout all the cabins. All bathrooms have a rain showerhead paired with a hand shower, washbasin carved out of fossil wood and Western-standard non-marine toilet with integrated bidet. The master cabin, located on the main deck, has large windows offering breathtaking 180° views. Local wooden handicrafts and batik pillows enrich the ambiance, while a special glass coating ensures privacy.

Guests can relax in the main air-conditioned lounge, where there is a TV with a CD/DVD entertainment center, available for listening to some music or watching a movie. While enjoying the fabulous Indonesian archipelago, guests can work on their tan on the sun deck, or just take a nap on the comfortable padded lounge chairs on the covered sun deck.

Unwinding with a soothing massage or spa treatments is also available onboard.

Samambaia Cuisine

Guests have access to a mouth-watering buffet in the dining area of the main saloon. It includes plenty of chef-prepared delicacies, as well as buffet-style options. Freshly prepared menus usually feature Indonesian and Western (with plenty of Italian influence through the use of olive oil & parmesan) culinary delights. Hungry guests can enjoy these freshly prepared meals and snacks throughout the day. The amount and variety of food choices will satisfy even the largest of appetites.

When to Take the Trip

Water temperature in Komodo fluctuates from 23 to 28C/73-82F. The southern dive sites are better for visiting during the months of December through April. Komodo’s Northern waters on the other hand generally provide better visibility year-round. October to April is the best time to visit Raja Ampat.

Boat features
  • Laundry Service
  • Leisure Deck
  • Shaded diving deck
  • Camera Station
  • Massage
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Onboard kayaks
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Photography Station
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Separate rinse for u/w camera
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms

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